Stephen married Sarah : June 1, 2013

I was pleased and honored to be the photographer at my friend Sarah’s wedding yesterday in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Sarah married my bestie’s older brother, Stephen so I’ve had a front row seat to watching their love story unfold and it was as lovely and perfectly suited to them as their wedding day, here is a sneak peek of this amazing day!

Sarah and Stephen, I hope that your lives together are wonderful and perfect and beyond your wildest dreams. May you always know peace and grace and joy.

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Sarah and Stephen decided not to see each other before the wedding but they had a sweet quiet time of prayer hidden around a corner of the church.

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We found a band stand and we said, “Yeah it is, it’s an AIR BAND STAND!”

Love me some bridal parties that know how to have a good time and rock some invisible instruments! πŸ˜‰

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Happily ever after’s all around!

Stay beautiful,

~Alaina

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AUSTRALIA!

G’day from Down Under! The weather is incredible, the sun wont stop shining, and I cant seem to get tired of swimming in the ocean.

It’s lovely. Perfectly lovely.

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Hi from the Aussie and the Yank!

Stay beautiful,

~Alaina

Packing up.

This is how I pack a carry-on for an international flight.

Now this is not my first international flight, or even my second, but my most recent international flight was USA to Iceland and the most important things in my carry-on were my doll Mara and my pink blankie.

It’s been a while.

So that being said, I might have overpacked. But this is what I did and after the trip I’ll let you know if it was too much or not enough.

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Firstly let me say my new carry-on bag is huge. Massively huge. If things get dire I could probably wear it as a skirt… or maybe a parachute. Sheesh. Anyway…

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I am packing an entire outfit change. Partly because it’s going to be a warm day in Aus when we land and also because I dont trust airlines to be able to get my luggage from point A to point B and want a back-up.

{from left to right}

1} Dress

2} Wool socks {these are in case the plane gets cold}

3} Light hoodie {again, for the plane. I wont travel without this thing}

4} Compact purse {I like to organize things to the hilt and this nice flat job fits into just about any space quite nicely, and holds #5}

5} Sunglasses

6} Bag of assorted food. Nuts, granola bars, dried cherries, and some tea. Why? I get hungry a lot and airplane food is dumb. Just saying.

7} Flip flops {again, in case of lost luggage}

8} EMPTY water bottle with built in carbon filter. To be filled up once I get through security from a water fountain or sink {hence the filter}

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A bag of assorted odds and ends and emergency items. As well as my clutch wallet that contains my passport, identification, cash, currency, and a Visa debit card. My emergency bag contains the following items that I plan on using shortly before we land to hopefully avoid looking as bad as I think I’m probably going to look on arrival. Not holding my breath but I figure I would try. πŸ˜‰

9} Tic tacs and chewing gum {for the pressure}

10} Lip balm and tinted lip balm

11} Natural sleep aid

12} Mouthwash*

13} Travel sized toothbrush and toothpaste*

14} Hand lotion*

15} Mascara

16} Face and hand wipes

17} Portable phone charger

*= the only carry-on items that will have to be placed in a separate bag for security. I purposely take as few liquids and gels as possible.

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Fun stuff.

18} Sketch book and markers, pens, and colored pencils

19} Journal

20} Gratefulness journal

21} Reading glasses

22} DVD’s {some of my faves: Dickens, Disney, and DC comics ;)} and a thumb drive with a few extra movies Β {it’s a 16 hour flight, for goodness sake!}

23} Sonic Screwdriver

24} My adventure buddy: Pascal

25} Ear buds and headphones

26} iPod

27} Instax camera

I wanted to take a book but I cant make a decision so that may or may not get thrown in later.

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There you go… I feel like I could face anything with that stuff.

Oh. Remember what my room looked like before?

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Yeaaaaah. Pretty bad.

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Well this is what it looks like today. Before and after. It’s a beautiful thing. And my floor is vacuumed which is even happier.

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Gracious. You’d think I was moving. But hey… the airline gave me 2 free checked bags and 2 free carry-ons. Why not use them? πŸ˜‰

Hopefully I’ll be able to blog a bit from Aus… but if not, I shall have lots to tell and show you when I return. πŸ™‚

Stay beautiful,

~Alaina

Seven Falls :: Colorado

This is my friend Chrissy.

While I was in Colorado I got to see her and hang out for the weekend. It was pretty awesome. We had a lot of adventures, got a little lost πŸ˜‰ and ate yummy food and just hung out. In all the times I’ve been to Colorado I’ve never been to Seven Falls, neither had she so we had an adventure.

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Mining tunnel.

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That’s a whole lot of stairs.

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Hello fall, I love you.

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This fella decided to join us for lunch.

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There were a million and one signs telling people to visit the gravesite of this famous author. We never heard of her.

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Nice view though.

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I have a lot of pretty friends. This girl is incredible, and beautiful, and my life is so much better for knowing her.

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It was lovely and perfect and I really want to go back.

Stay beautiful,

~Alaina

Happy Summer

Enjoy the sunshine, the heat, the water, and lazy mornings spent relaxing by the pool. πŸ˜‰

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“Goodness comes out of people who bask in the sun, as it does out of a sweet apple roasted before the fire.”

Charles Dudley Warner

Stop. Breathe. Live.

Stay Beautiful,

~Alaina

A Little Risk :: Favorites Friday

Found this yesterday and it was incredibly encouraging:

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http://curlygirldesign.com/blog/view/summer_release_sneak_peek_3

{love, love, love Curly Girl Design}

Your life is an adventure and those who risk win.Β Dont waste anything on a ‘darn shame’ because you were playing it safe.

Be Courageous.

Stay beautiful,

~Alaina